-- Matt Gardner recently joined Morgan Stanley Wealth Management's Kennewick office. Gardner was hired upon completion of the firm's investment studies program in New York.
-- Kirk Jameson has been named principal of College Place High School. He previously was the Walla Walla Public Schools technology, career and technical education director. He will begin his new position July 1.
-- Cody Bruns, a former Prosser High School football player, recently was hired at M.W. Boone and Associates in Bellevue. Bruns was hired by fellow Prosser High Mustang Michael W. Boone. The company offers financial advice and wealth management services.
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-- Promise Marie Sullivan of Kennewick recently passed the Washington State Bar Exam.
-- DKB, a mechanical insulation services company based in Pasco, recently received the National Insulation Association's Distinguished Safety Award. The award honors the company's employees in its Pasco and Boise offices.
-- Jason Johnson, a private wealth adviser at Ameriprise Financial in Kennewick, recently attended the 2013 Circle of Success Conference. At the conference, held in New Orleans, La., advisers shared best practices and focused on improving customer service, products and business strategies. To earn the invitation to the conference, Johnson established himself as a one of the company's top advisers.
-- Kat Worley, a pet stylist at Prosser Animal Hospital, recently won first place in her class at the Northwest Grooming Show. Worley's wins qualified her as one of the top 20 groomers in the country, according to a news release.
-- The Kennewick Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners recently elected officers for the 2013-2014 term. Tom Moak is chairman. Laurie Tufford is vice-chairwoman.
-- Guaranteed Rate, a mortgage company, recently opened a new store at 7513 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite B. The company, rated the best American mortgage company by Mortgage Executive Magazine, offers low-rate mortgages. The Kennewick location will be managed by Lance Monson, a Kennewick resident with more than 11 years of experience in financial services and banking.